November 06, 2000, 12:00 AM —
You're spending thousands on a certification exam to add that all-important CCNE or MCSE at the end of your name, but it's been a while since you've had to study for a test. Do you remember how?
Fortunately, the Web has plenty of online resources to help you prepare. Like any standard exam, there are sample tests out there that you can take ahead of time. The usefulness of these tests are obvious -- by going through one beforehand, you are able to get a "feel" for what the real one will be like. Although the questions will be different, you're likely to feel more confident.
Some certification providers' Web sites offer practice sites, which you can access for free. Novell, for example, has an online laboratory -- particularly useful if you don't have access to a network. "We have online laboratories where you can go in and play on a network," said Jim Greene, Director of Certification and Business Development for
Novell Education. "You don't have to have a network of your own. A lot of companies don't appreciate their employees practicing on their networks, so we have this online laboratory where you can come in and experiment, and learn what you've learned in class. Try things out."